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    R U OK drawing competition


    Florence Victoria (second from left) and students under the friendship trees

    In September 2015 Florence Victoria from St Francis Xavier Primary School, Corio, won the R U OK? drawing competition as part of R U OK? Day – an annual day dedicated to reminding people to ask family and friends, classmates and colleagues, the question ‘are you okay?’.

    Florence’s winning drawing of a rainbow between two love hearts representing ‘love’ and ‘care’, won for the school the R U OK? seat, which has been placed under the school’s ‘friendship trees’, a special place where students can talk about their feelings as art of the school’s wellbeing agenda.

    Premier’s 2015 Spirit of Anzac Prize

    Four students at Catholic colleges in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were state winners of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize and participated in a study tour to significant sites in Australia’s service history: Lemnos (Greece), Gallipoli and the Western Front.

    Winners were Natalie Barbazza from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew; Isaac Travers-Hucker from St Joseph’s College, Newtown; Patrick Daly from St Kevin’s College, Toorak; and Jacob O’Connor from Loyola College, Watsonia. The group travelled during the March–April school holidays.

    Three students (Gemma Cooper from Star of the Sea College, Brighton; Michelle Padua from Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes; and Adrian Pieri from Marymede Catholic College, South Morang) were also regional finalists of the competition and participated in a trip to Canberra to visit the Australian War Memorial and other military and cultural sites in late June 2015. 

    International student excellence


    Gerald Mini Farfan with his award for sporting excellence

    Gerald Mini Farfan and Salesian College were honoured with a 2015 Victorian International School Student Award for sporting excellence. Gerald won a state championships backstroke bronze medal in 2014, along with the title of ACC intermediate swimming champion. He is also part of the Swimming Australia Youth Performance Squad.

    ‘I hope to finish this year with a good ATAR and be an architect or maybe an industrial designer. And go to the Olympics, of course,’ he said.

    Visual Arts Exhibition

    Running all week, the Visual Arts Exhibition was of the highest quality. The creative talents of our students – from Prep through to Year 12 – are often inspirational and always a pleasure to explore.

    There were almost 400 pieces on display, each one a credit not only to the young artist but to their school and teachers as well. While everyone was a winner for being part of the exhibit, the judges recognised excellence with the following awards:

    Eileen Canty Award – Primary
    Untitled – Asha Kennedy, Year 3, Our Holy Redeemer School, Surrey Hills


    Charles Gill, Year 3, St Roch’s School, Glen Iris

    Archbishop of Melbourne Religious Art Award – Primary
    Our People, Our Parish – Charles Gill, Year 3, St Roch’s School, Glen Iris (pictured)

    Archbishop of Melbourne Award for Religious Art – Secondary
    Reverence for our Soldiers with Hope for our Future – Christopher Kamphuis, Year 10, Loyola College, Watsonia

    ACU Social Justice Award – Primary (joint prize awarded)
    We are all the same on the inside – Amy Lei,
    and My skin may be different from yours but we have the same feelings – Zak Patrick
    both in Year 2, St Pius X School, Heidelberg West

    ACU Award for Social Justice – Secondary 
    276 – Damaris Kean, Year 12, Presentation College Windsor, Windsor

    Serra Club Portraiture Award 
    Primary: Dreaming of a Better Life – James O’Sullivan, Charlotte Slater & Jasmine Palin, Year 6, Our Lady of Fatima School, Rosebud 
    Secondary: Lola Lydia – Simone Bituin, Year 10, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook

    Kairos Award 
    Primary: Our Diverse Environment – Phoebe Hayne, Year 2, St Roch’s School, Glen Iris
    Secondary: In the Light – James Jenkin, Year 12, St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully

    Visual Arts Committee Award 
    Primary: Our Australian Landscape III – Hamish McWilliam, Year 3, St Peter’s School, Bentleigh East
    Secondary: Daphne & Apollo – Gemma Romit, Year 9, Star of the Sea College, Brighton

    Visual Arts Catalogue Cover Award 
    Eleanor – Indigo Tate-Atkin, Year 10, Presentation College Windsor, Windsor

    Catholic Education Week Year 12 Award 
    Want, Desire, Crave – Beck Laidler, Year 12, Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill


    Ashleigh Hill, Year 12, Our Lady of
    Sion College, Box Hill

    Julia Flynn Memorial Award – Secondary 
    Evanesce – Ashleigh Hill, Year 12, Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill (pictured)

    ZART ART Award 
    Primary: Holy Eucharist School, St Albans South
    Secondary: Kilbreda College, Mentone

    Executive Director Acquisition Award (three prizes awards) 
    Individuality – Moorina Bonini, Year 12, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
    Vertical Drop – Harriet Gaffey, Year 12, Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, Toorak
    Reverence for our Soldiers with Hope for our Future – Christopher Kamphuis, Year 10, Loyola College, Watsonia

    People’s Choice Award 
    Primary (joint prize awarded):  Luna Park – Danica Oung, Year 6, St Andrew’s  School, Clayton South, and The Bounty Hunter – Jayden Castillo, Year 6, Our Lady’s School, Craigieburn
    Secondary: Utopia & Dystopia – Amanda Dickson, Year 12, Mater Christi College, Belgrave.

    Melbourne Day birthday card


    Marcus Messner's winning design

    Marcus Messner, 10, in Grade 4 at OLGC School, Deepdene, was the winner of the competition to design Melbourne's birthday card. The card featured the W-Class Tram; Bunjil, Docklands; Eureka Skydeck; the Enterprize; Gilbert, Melbourne's first cat; and a taxi. The card was on show at Melbourne Day events and other places across town.

    Student Wellbeing Festival

    For the eighth year running the Catholic Education Melbourne Student Wellbeing Festival has provided students with a unique vehicle to highlight the wonderful wellbeing initiatives within Catholic primary and secondary schools while promoting participation in the arts. Over six days, students used drama and film to explore issues relevant to student life, and judges labelled the quality of performance as ‘outstanding’. Themes explored during the festival included positive relationships at school, resilience, positive decision-making, help-seeking behaviour, and positive school communities and community partnerships. The following special awards were announced this week:

    Performance Primary


    St Joseph's School Black Rock – Be a Bucket Filler,
    Don't be a Bucket Tipper

    • Special Award 1: Our Lady’s School, Craigieburn
    • Special Award 2: Good Shepherd School, Wheelers Hill
    • Special Award 3: St John Vianney’s School, Parkdale East.

    Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, students

    Performance Secondary

    • Special Award 1: Siena College Ltd, Camberwell
    • Special Award 2: Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs, Caroline Springs
    • Special Award 3: St Aloysius College, North Melbourne, and Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Oakleigh.


    • Special Award: St Mary’s School, Ascot Vale.

    Well done to all students from the 37 participating schools, and also to the staff and parents who made this event such a success.

    Write4fun writing competition

    Joel Duggan, Year 8 student at Whitefriars College Inc., Donvale, was crowned winner of the Write4fun writing competition. Joel’s short story A Dark and Stormy Night was chosen from some 12,000 entries from across Australia. Joel’s winning entry, which celebrates the power of authentic writing and daring to share stories with others, earned its author a cheque for $500, an engraved pen, a plaque displaying Joel’s story and a PlayStation 4.

    Plain English Speaking Award Semi-finals

    Joshu Faye-Chauhan from Whitefriars College Inc. in Donvale was announced as the winner of the semi-finals of the Plain English Speaking Award (PESA). The semi-finals were held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June 2015, and the participants were competing for one of six spots in the state finals, which were held on Friday 17 July. Joshu received a certificate and a book voucher for making it to the semi-finals.

    World Class in any Language


    2015 World Language Champs from Kilbreda College in Mentone

    Kilbreda College, Mentone, joined over 1,000 other schools and 300,000 students from 24 countries to test their vocabulary and battle for the title of Language Perfect champion.

    The 10-day competition involved learning different words in diverse languages to earn points. The competition aims to help students learn languages through friendly competition, against fellow classmates and other students from around the globe.

    Two hundred and thirty students received trophies, medals and certificates and Kilbreda finished second overall, behind Mission Heights College in New Zealand.

    One Team One Goal: Celebrating Diversity

    A group of students at Ss Peter and Paul’s School in Doncaster East won the primary category of the One Team One Goal: Celebrating Diversity competition. Their video featured students from different cultures working together on and off the football field.

    With their many differences they are one team united in their love of football. ‘Our team allows us to be ourselves and be proud of who we are,’ said one student. Prizes included a $2,500 school grant, special edition footballs and tickets to AFL games during the multicultural round.

    Poppies and posters


    Emily Hall with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

    Emily Hall, Year 5, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew, was honoured to win the Remembrance Day 2015 poster competition. The Victorian Premier, the Hon. Daniel Andrews, announced the award to Emily, whose poster was selected from entries from primary schools throughout the state. Emily’s poster will become the official Remembrance Day poster for 2016 and appear on flyers and posters around the City of Melbourne.

    Inaugural Book in a Day winner


    St John’s Regional College, Dandenong,
    students with award and winning novella

    The inaugural Southern Independent Schools (SIS) ‘Book in a Day’ competition was held in August this year, with the competition winners announced and prizes awarded last month. The objective of ‘Book in a Day’ was to create an illustrated novella, between 4,000 and 6,000 words, in one day.

    The team from St John’s Regional College in Dandenong – Bernadette Kulscar (Year 7), Mikko Manuel (Year 8), Naisha Pande (Year 9) and Christine Lopez, Terence Kozoolin and Sara Stanisavljevic (Year 10) – won the competition with their novella Out the Window.

    2015 VCE Leader of the Year


    VCE Leader of the Year Rachael Davies
    with Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino

    On 23 November, Minister for Education, James Merlino, announced St Monica’s College, Epping, student Rachael Davies as VCE Leader of the Year at the 2015 VCE Leadership Awards ceremony held at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House. The Minister said, ‘I congratulate Rachael Davies on her important work promoting the value of social justice and the benefits of diversity in our society.’ 

    Read Rachael’s reflection on the occasion in 2015 VCE Leader of the Year.

    Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne

    by Claire McDaniel, Year 6, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak.


    Claire McDaniel with Lord Mayor Mr Robert Doyle

    Along with many other young Victorians, I entered the competition run by the Melbourne Day Committee, to find the new Junior Lord Mayor for 2015. On Wednesday 26 August, six finalists, including three from Loreto, attended Melbourne Town Hall to meet the Lord Mayor Mr Robert Doyle and other dignitaries. 

    Over the last week, I have realised the busy life someone leads in public office. Since being elected Junior Lord Mayor, I have been honoured to attend Melbourne’s 180th birthday party and have had a number of interviews for radio and television. I am so grateful and thrilled to be the Junior Lord Mayor because of the many opportunities the role has to offer. For example the Junior Lord Mayor last year judged the World Gelato Contest and opened the Moomba festival. 

    Overall, I am absolutely overjoyed to be awarded the position as Junior Lord Mayor and cannot wait to see what this role has in store for me. 

    Catholic school delegates to National Schools’ Constitutional Convention


    The 2015 National Schools' Constitutional Convention

    Congratulations to three students from Catholic colleges in Melbourne who were selected as delegates to the National Schools’ Constitutional Convention, held at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra on 24–26 March 2015. The students are Sarah Daw from MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee; Alexandra de Lacy from Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill; and Rachael Kay from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew. The three students joined 23 other Victorian students, among 120 national delegates, attending the 20th national convention. They explored the topic: Checks and balances: Do we need an Australian Bill of Rights?’

    The event was particularly significant for Alexandra de Lacy. Her ancestor, John de Lacy, signed the Magna Carta 800 years ago, in 1215.

    2015 VCE Season of Excellence

    The VCE Season of Excellence is always a treat and the list of exhibitors included 46 VCE students from 26 Catholic secondary colleges in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Three students from Melbourne Catholic colleges exhibited in Top Screen, two students in Top Class: Music, nine students in Top Class: Theatre Studies, seven students in Top Class: Drama, four students in Top Class: Dance, and 21 students in Top Designs. Some students had multiple items of their work selected.